Both Caramel and Marshmallow love rereading their favorites over and over again. Caramel is rereading a long-time favorite these days: Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld. Below he shares some thoughts on this book. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions as needed.
Sprinkles: What do you want to tell us about this book Caramel?
Caramel: This is a friendship story. There is Stone, and there is Stick. Stone is a stone and Stick is a stick, of course.
S: Of course!
C: First they are alone and alone is not fun.
S: Then what happens?
C: Then they become friends. And then Stick helps Stone. Let me read to you. This is one of my two favorite parts:
Stone whispers: “Gee, you stuck up for me!”
“That’s just what sticks do. Friends do it too.”
S: That’s sweet! So the book is written like a poem; sentences seem to rhyme, right?
C: Yes. good point! “Gee” and “me” rhyme! And “do” and “too” rhyme too!
S: That makes the book more fun to read out loud I think. What do you think?
C: Yes, the next page says for example: “Stick, Stone. No longer alone.” “Stone” and “alone” rhyme too!
S: You said the above quote was one of your two favorites. What is your second favorite passage from the book?
C: Do you want me to read that too?
S: Yes, please do!
C: Ok, let me find it first. Here you go:
“You rock, Stone,” says Stick.
“That’s just what stones do. Best friendship rocks too.”
S: Yes, that is sweet, too! This is when Stone helps Stick in a tough situation, right?
C: Yes, that’s right. But I have a third section I want to read now.
S: What do these mean Caramel?
C: These are sounds. The first is a bouncing sound and the second is a splash!
S: Hmm, I think I get it…
C: This is the best book ever! If I were Marshmallow, I would give it a 91%.
S: Well, Marshmallow never rates things 91% though.
C: Actually I think this is a 99%.
S: Really? Why not 100%?
C: Ok, how about 101%? Just kidding. It is a good book and I like it. I don’t care about the numbers. But if you want numbers, it should be twenty four thousand!
S: 24,000% is a big big number Caramel.
C: How about ninety nine trillion?
S: You must really like this book! Why do you like it so much?
C: I like stories about friendship. Remember I reviewed Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon before?
S: Yes, and you also reviewed The Missing Piece Meets The Big O by Shel Silverstein, which was also about friendship. And these are all sweet stories about being true friends.
C: Yes. Can we read it together one more time?
S: Sure Caramel. And we can also wrap up this review. Do you want to say the last word?
C: Yes! COWABUNGA!! KER-SPLOOSH!! Ok, now I’m done. Let’s read.